Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Sustainable Forestry



Planting Program Chalks Up Another Successful Season
By Tanner Filyaw, Rural Action Sustainable Forestry

The 2008 Planting Stock Program is coming to a close, and once again it has been a resounding success. From it’s beginning, the goals of this program have been three-fold:

1. Provide landowners with high-quality roots, seeds, and the necessary knowledge to develop sustainable forest enterprises.

2. Promote the conservation and cultivation of high-value, and at-risk, woodland herbs in our region.

3. Support developing markets for sustainable Non-Timber Forest Products.

Now, almost 10 years later, we are proud to report that we are continuing to fulfill out goals. This year, we were able to distribute 10 pounds of organically grown goldenseal rootlets, and 55 pounds of high-quality American ginseng seed.

Rod Angeroth of Loess Roots, a veteran grower of 20 years, participated in the program for a second time this year and said, “The seed that I purchased from Rural Action last year was of excellent quality. I am finding that out first hand, as I ordered seeds from two other sources this fall, and neither could compare.”

It is important to us that growers have access to high-quality seeds because it is essential to producing roots that will receive peak prices in the marketplace, and thereby help stimulate economic development in rural communities.

We would like to thank everyone who has participated in the planting stock program during the last 10 years – especially those who continue to plant every year. We look forward to continuing this program into the future, and look forward to working with all of you to help conserve our native herbal heritage, expand economic opportunities for landowners, and revitalize the agricultural traditions of our rural communities.

For more information about the Planting Stock Program, contact Tanner Filyaw (740.767.4938) or email him (tanner@ruralaction.org).

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